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Honeywell JetWave Satcom System Approved by CAAC for Air China A321 Modification

Honeywell JetWave Satcom System Approved by CAAC for Air China A321 Modification

Shanghai, Feb. 14, 2022 In collaboration with Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) and Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (Ameco), Ameco successfully obtained the Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the Honeywell MCS-8420 JetWave satellite communications system modification project on Air China A321 aircraft. The success will further promote the development of Chinese domestic in-flight connectivity services, help airlines improve operational efficiency and improve the in-flight passenger experience.

"We are glad to participate in this Ka-band satcom modification project throughout the whole process and contribute to the success. This is an unforgettable moment and an important milestone since Honeywell introduced the JetWave satellite communications system to the Chinese aviation market." Steven Lien, president of Honeywell China and Aerospace Asia Pacific, said: "Honeywell JetWave has recently been approved to connect to China Satcom’s Ka high-throughput satellite network. We look forward to working together with more industry partners to promote the development of in-flight connectivity, build an in-flight Internet ecosystem, and create the Chinese aviation market a digital future."

"We are very pleased to further cooperate with Honeywell on the cabin wireless project. As the first modification project with independent intellectual property rights, its smooth implementation lays the foundation for the future modification of the entire fleet," said Ni Jiliang, chief engineer of Air China and chairman of Ameco: "In the past few years, we have been actively responding to the call of the CAAC to promote aircraft cabin wireless network services. In the future, we look forward to continuing to work with partners to promote the development of cabin internet services, helping airlines to promote product transformation and enriching the passenger travel experience."

Honeywell MCS-8420 JetWave satellite communications system is designed to connect to China’s Ka-band satellite network and can be applied in connectivity solutions of Chinese airlines’ fleet. With the system installed, fleets can connect to high-speed internet, providing a high-speed Wi-Fi experience to passengers in the sky and helping airline crew better manage the fleet, reducing fuel cost and avoiding delays.

In November 2021, Honeywell’s MCS-8420 JetWave satellite communications system was approved by China Satellite Communications Co., Ltd. (China Satcom) to connect to the Ka-band high-throughput satellite network of China Satcom. In August of the same year, Honeywell and Lufthansa Technology cooperated to obtain the Supplementary Type Approval (VSTC) for the Airbus A320 aircraft issued by CAAC for this type of Satcom system. Its prototype was unveiled in 2018 at the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) and the system was successfully tested on Honeywell’s own Boeing 757 Connected Aircraft in 2019. For more details, please click JetWave Satellite Communications System.


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Jill Xiong
Honeywell Aerospace